Scooter around Europe- Is it possible?
I have been reading through The HUBB and have found bits and pieces of answers, but nothing to flat out reassure me that I'm not getting myself into a heap of trouble. Please bear with the very long message that will soon follow:
I will be traveling to the UK (from USA-as a tourist) this fall. I will be traveling throughout the UK and continental Europe for 3 months. Ideally, I would love to get a scooter for the trip. As far as I know, I will not need a VISA because my passport will serve as one for up to 3 months.
Disclaimer: I have spent many weeks researching this with no luck. I have seen some information about motorcycles, but nothing about scooters. I am not sure if the rules are the same or not, because I know there is the issue of different ccs and different rules surrounding them. I have checked with travel agencies, friends, and googled 'til I could google no more. I apologize if these questions seem awfully redundant, but I would be very grateful for any answers you folks could provide me with!
Would I be able to purchase a scooter through a used dealer/craigslist? I know that I physically could- but realistically and legally?
Will I need to register? If so, how would I go about doing so? I do not have any friends in the area.
Will I need insurance? If so, where can I find out more information?
Let's say I am all set to ride in England- then I cross the English Channel...will the rules change? How will I need to prepare to cross the various boarders during my journey? I have been unable to find a website with specific information for the laws in each country.
Thank you very much for your time!